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The City of Waterloo, Ontario is the smallest of the tri-cities in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, and is adjacent to the larger city of Kitchener. Its population, as of 2004, is 102,300.
Kitchener and Waterloo are often jointly referred to as Kitchener-Waterloo (K-W), or the Twin Cities, although they have separate municipal governments. There have been several attempts in the past to amalgamate the two cities, but none have been successful. According to popular polls, if the cities were joined most residents of the region would prefer to name the new city "Waterloo".
There are five main parks in the city. The largest is RIM park, which occupies 500 acres (2 km²) and is home to a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sporting facilities, including an eighteen hole golf course, and the heritage 'Martin Farm House'. Waterloo Park is in Uptown Waterloo, and contains historical buildings and a bandshell. Bechtel Park occupies 109 acres (0.4 km²) and has many outdoor sporting facilities along with wetlands, meadows and hardwood forest. Hillside Park and Lexington are smaller facilities. Laurel Creek Conservation Area lies in the northwest of the city.
The Grand River, which is popular with canoeists, flows southward along the East side of the city.
The centre (or 'uptown') of Waterloo is located near the junctions of King and Erb streets. The centrepiece is the now rather old Waterloo Town Square shopping centre, which is (as of 2004) undergoing a renovation. The historical centre of the city was once along Albert Street, near the Marsland Centre and the Waterloo Public Library.
Among some local boosters, the term 'uptown' is used to refer to the Waterloo city centre, while 'downtown' is reserved for the Kitchener city centre.
Waterloo was founded in 1804 by Mennonites from Pennsylvania, including Abraham Erb, considered to be the founder of Waterloo because the two lots of land he owned later made up the core of Waterloo. In 1816, the new town was named Waterloo after the site of the famous battle in Europe the previous year. By the 1840s the area was a popular destination for German settlers. The Germans settled mostly in the area to the south-east of Waterloo, which in 1833 was called Berlin, later renamed to Kitchener in a controversial referendum conducted at the height of anti-German sentiment during the First World War.
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